Recycled materials and using socially responsible resources has been at the forefront of society’s collective consciousness for a number of years. To that end, alternative power sources along with energy saving technological advancements have also become much more commonplace in businesses and homes.
As energy costs continue to rise, going green has also become a priority for business as a means of cutting costs in tight economic times. Data centers are not immune to these eco-friendly trends. In fact, they are reaping many benefits upon deciding to go green.
Data Center Resources
Traditional data center building strategies were generally focused mostly upon achieving the highest uptime possible. In those cases, there was little regard for creating environmentally conscious designs or attempting to conserve energy. In the past decade, however, data center builders began to realize that the higher upfront costs of creating green facilities are offset by lower and longer term maintenance and operations expenses.
The demand for data centers and their resources have been on the rise. This has increased space, power, and cooling needs. In order to meet the new demand costs effectively, data centers need to be more efficient. Comprehensive data center design strategies can lead to much greater efficiency. For example, new data centers are striving for:
- Improved energy efficiency to reduce costs
- Minimized stranded power, space and cooling
- Monitored and managed reporting across IT and facilities
Companies that become more ecologically responsible can also defray costs as they help the world. Today, many some companies, like Titan Power, have opened as a means to fill the demand for eco-friendly data centers. Below are some eco-friendly strategies that data center builders typically use:
- Scalable or modular systems to only use necessary energy
- Catalytic converters on power generator backups
- Synthetic white rubber roofs to dissipate heat
- Mechanical with electrical systems to run more efficiently
- Low emission or recycled materials
- Waste recycling programs
- Recycle obsolete machines
- Natural light to cut down on energy use and costs
- Run the facility using wind or solar power
Additionally, clients generally respond very favorably to eco-responsible products, particularly if companies are able to pass on energy savings to their customers. To that end, incorporating eco-friendly design elements into the data center also presents great opportunities to broadcast their activities in marketing efforts.
Tax and Other Incentives
Incorporating eco-friendly data center design elements also provides companies access to special tax incentives offered by many state and federal governmental agencies and related businesses. Also, green data centers provide healthier work environments for employees and help to build more positive relations with surrounding communities.
Eco-friendly data centers make it a priority to use less heat and improve efficiency to minimize toxic material usage. Companies interested in accomplishing this may redesign existing facilities or build new data centers that will have a reduced environmental impact. The cost savings over time makes it well worth the investment to adopt green building policies.